An Annual Fire Safety Statement is a certificate that attests that each Essential Fire Safety Measure installed in the building been assessed by a Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety), adn was found to be capable of performing to the standard required by the most recent Fire Safety Schedule. The owner of the building is required to provide a new AFSS to Council and the Fire Brigade every 12 months and to display the current AFSS prominently at the premises.

Smoke Alarms for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Hard of Hearing ear

The standard smoke alarm is suitable to wake most mild to moderately hard of hearing people. People who are deaf or have a severe hearing loss however, may have difficulty hearing conventional smoke alarms. There are specialised solutions available.

A resident’s guide to fire doors

Your unit entry doorset is an “essential fire safety measure”. The doorset consists of the fire door leaf, door hardware, the door frame and the fixing to the surrounding fire wall. Under the legislation, your doorset is required to be inspected once a year to verify it meets the performance requirements of AS1905.1 – 2005 and the manufacturers approved specifications. So what is actually being checked?

FRNSW fines for false alarms

The Fire and Rescue NSW ACT 1989, Sect 42 allows FRNSW to charge for attending false alarm call-outs ONLY if the callout is generated from an ASE.
FRNSW does not charge for ANY CALLS made to 000 – even if it turns out to be a false alarm.


The Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) is the ‘final product’ – the culmination of a building undertaking both the required inspections & required repairs to the fire safety systems in a building.